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19th Century Novels

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The "triple-decker" novel was a standard form of publishing for British fiction from the early 1800s until the 1890s. The market for this form of fiction was closely tied to commercial "circulating libraries," such as Mudie's and W. H. Smith. Unlike free public libraries, these circulating libraries charged patrons to borrow books, much like video rental stores do today. Publishing longer works of fiction was quite expensive, and by releasing them in multiple parts publishers captured an audience who eagerly awaited the next installment while proceeds from the first volumes paid for the printing of later volumes. Often sensational in subject matter, the genre was populated by heroines in danger, characters in disguise, potions and poisons. The University of Illinois Library is digitizing and making openly accessible via the Internet Archive its extensive collections of triple-decker novels.

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TOPIC
Fiction, English 18
Social classes 17
Conduct of life 16
Young women 15
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) 14
Christian life 11
Peasantry 11
Actors 9
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 9
Clergy 9
Covenanters 8
English literature 8
Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587 8
Musical fiction 8
Women 8
genealogy 8
Charity 7
Confirmation 7
Land use 7
Mothers and sons 7
Regional planning 7
Religious education 7
Widows 7
Adultery 6
Almack's, London 6
Children of clergy 6
Circus 6
Conservation of natural resources 6
Crimean War, 1853-1856 6
Fiction 6
Fiction, Scottish 6
Huguenots 6
Interpersonal relations 6
Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873 6
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 6
Orphans 6
Peninsular War, 1807-1814 6
Poor families 6
Shakespeare in fiction, drama, poetry, etc 6
Soldiers 6
Turpin, Richard, 1706-1739 6
Young men 6
Church history 5
Great Britain. Army 5
Rob Roy, 1671-1734 5
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832 5
Upper class 5
Architecture 4
Books and reading 4
Bothwell Bridge, Battle of, Scotland, 1679 4
Brothers and sisters 4
Children 4
Eagles, John, 1783-1855 4
English fiction 4
Honesty 4
Horror tales 4
Immortalism 4
Jacobites 4
Jews 4
Lady 4
Laziness 4
Manufacturing processes 4
Motherless families 4
Natural history 4
Parent and child 4
Physical sciences 4
Readers 4
Rejection (Psychology) 4
Riperdá, Juan Guillermo, duque de, 1680-1737 4
Savonarola, Girolamo, 1452-1498 4
Scientific recreations 4
Sebastião, King of Portugal, 1554-1578 4
Ship captains 4
Toys 4
Wharton, Philip Wharton, Duke of, 1698-1731 4
Adventure stories 3
Afghan Wars 3
Almshouses 3
Ambition 3
Anarchism 3
Anarchisme 3
Arranged marriage 3
Astronomical observatories 3
Australia -- Fiction 3
Autobiography 3
Bar Kokhba, d. 135 3
Bath (England) -- Fiction 3
Bianca, Grand-Duchess, consort of Franceso Maria de' Medici, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, 1548-1587 3
Blessington, Marguerite, Countess of, 1789-1849 3
Borgia, Cesare, 1476?-1507 3
Caroline, Queen, consort of George IV, King of Great Britain, 1768-1821 3
Carpenters 3
Cartouche, Louis Dominique, 1693-1721 3
Chand Bibi, sultana, d. 1600 3
Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649 3
Chartism 3
Chatto & Windus (Firm) 3
Children of the rich 3
Children's stories, English 3
City and town life 3
Clifford, Rosamond, d. 1176? 3
Convicts 3
Cornwall (England : County) -- Fiction 3
Country life 3
Country life in literature 3
Crichton, James, 1560-1585? 3
Criminals 3
Debt, Imprisonment for -- Great Britain 3
Deception 3
East Indians 3
Economics 3
Elixir of life 3
Elopement 3
England -- Fiction 3
Essex, Robert Devereux, Earl of, 1566-1601 3
Fantasy fiction, English 3
Fawkes, Guy, 1570-1606 3
Fiction (English) 3
Fires 3
Fishers 3
Forests and forestry 3
Frederick I, King of Bohemia, 1596-1632 3
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 3
Godwin (author) 3
Gold mines and mining 3
Gordon Riots, 1780 3
Goths 3
Great Britain -- History Anglo Saxon period, 449-1066 Fiction 3
Great Britain -- History Charles II, 1660-1685 Fiction 3
Great Britain -- History George II, 1727-1760 Fiction 3
Great Britain -- History Mary I, 1553-1558 Fiction 3
Grieve, David 3
Guise, Henri, duc de, 1550-1588 3
Gunpowder Plot, 1605 3
Hampden, John, 1594-1643 3
Illegitimate children 3
Infanticide 3
Inheritance and succession 3
Inquisition 3
Ivan IV, Czar of Russia, 1530-1584 3
Jacobite Rebellion, 1715 3
Jacquerie, 1358 3
James III, King of Scotland, 1451-1488 3
Jewelry theft 3
Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792 3
Kirchholm, Battle of, 1605 3
Königsmark, Karl Johan von, grefve, 1659-1686 3
Labor 3
Labor movement 3
Landlord and tenant 3
Legal stories 3
Lilith (Semitic mythology) 3
Lollards 3
Love stories 3
Man-woman relationships 3
Maurice, Elector of Saxony, 1521-1553 3
Medici, House of 3
Medicine, Rural 3
Montagu, Edward Wortley, 1713-1776 3
Otterburn, Battle of, 1388 3
Philip II, King of France, 1165-1223 3
Physicians 3
Plague 3
Police 3
Political fiction 3
Prisons -- England London 3
Race relations 3
Racially mixed people 3
Religious fiction 3
Revenge 3
Rich people 3
Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis, duc de, 1585-1642 3
Rienzo, Cola di, d. 1354 3
Robin Hood (Legendary character) 3
Russell, William, Lord, 1639-1683 3
Savage, Richard, d. 1743 3
Scottish fiction 3
Seafaring life 3
Seduction 3
Semiramis, Queen, consort of Shamshi-Adad V, King of Assyria, 9th cent. B.C 3
Separation (Psychology) 3
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 3
Sheppard, Jack, 1702-1724 3
Short stories 3
Short stories, English 3
Short stories, French 3
Soldiers' writings, Indic (English) 3
Somerset, Robert Carr, Earl of, d. 1645 3
Southampton Insurrection, 1831 3
Southern States -- Fiction 3
Sports stories 3
Spouses of clergy 3
Stuart, Arabella, Lady, 1575-1615 3
Supernatural 3
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 3
Textile industry 3
Toussaint Louverture, 1743?-1803 3
Tyler, Wat, d. 1381 3
Utopias 3
Valerius Flaccus, Gaius, 1st cent 3
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Title
Date Published
Creator
19th Century Novels
by Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
4,910
1
0
"Household edition."
19th Century Novels
by McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912
2,008
1
0
Includes publisher's advertising at end of each vol
19th Century Novels
by Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828
1,690
3
1
Each vol. has added t.-p., engr
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Weavers, Coverlets
19th Century Novels
by Daniel, Mackenzie, Mrs
1,595
1
0
19th Century Novels
by Southey, Robert, 1774-1843; Warter, John Wood, 1806-1878
1,450
0
0
Added t.-p., engraved, with vignette
19th Century Novels
by Taylor, Meadows, 1808-1876
1,225
0
0
Topic: Thugs
"Third re-issue."
Topic: Turpin, Richard, 1706-1739
19th Century Novels
1,159
0
0
Topic: Sports stories
19th Century Novels
by Homer, A. N
1,133
1
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
19th Century Novels
by Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873
1,099
2
0
v. 1. Green tea. The familiar. Mr. Justice Harbottle -- v. 2. The room in the Dragon Volant -- v. 3. The room in the Dragon Volant (conclusion). Carmilla
19th Century Novels
by Banks, G. Linnaeus (George Linnaeus), Mrs., 1821-1897
1,061
0
0
19th Century Novels
1,020
1
0
Topic: Sports stories
19th Century Novels
by Eliot, George, 1819-1880
950
0
0
Topics: Jews, Zionists
19th Century Novels
by Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873
941
1
0
19th Century Novels
by Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840; Nineteenth-century British Novels Collection (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library). IU-R
929
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Allen, Grant, 1848-1899
907
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Spender, John Kent, Mrs., 1835-1895
887
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Tytler, Sarah, 1827-1914
876
1
0
19th Century Novels
by Allen, Grant, 1848-1899; Nineteenth-century British Novels Collection (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library). IU-R
857
1
0
Publisher's catalog (32 p.), dated April 1893 bound in at end of v.1
Topic: Chatto & Windus (Firm)
"Third re-issue."
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Turpin, Richard, 1706-1739
19th Century Novels
by Rafter, Captain; J. and J. H. Rutherfund (Firm of bookbinders)
855
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Kenealy, Edward Vaughan, 1819-1880
842
0
0
Preface signed: "Y."
Topic: Montagu, Edward Wortley, 1713-1776
19th Century Novels
by Southey, Robert, 1774-1843; Warter, John Wood, 1806-1878
835
1
0
Added t.-p., engraved, with vignette
19th Century Novels
by Kavanagh, Julia, 1824-1877
829
0
1
( 1 reviews )
"Third re-issue."
Topic: Turpin, Richard, 1706-1739
19th Century Novels
by Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865
803
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Carleton, William, 1794-1869; Brooke, William Henry, 1772-1860
800
0
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
Topic: Peasantry -- Ireland
19th Century Novels
by Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924
786
1
0
Topics: Supernatural, Elixir of life, Lilith (Semitic mythology)
19th Century Novels
by Soltera, Maria
780
0
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
19th Century Novels
by Disraeli, Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881
768
1
0
PMM
Topics: Social classes, Poor families, Rich people, Landlord and tenant, Chartism, Political fiction, Love...
19th Century Novels
by Taylor, Meadows, 1808-1876
746
0
0
Topic: Thugs
19th Century Novels
by McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912
736
0
0
Includes publisher's advertising at end of each vol
19th Century Novels
by Whyte-Melville, G. J. (George John), 1821-1878
735
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Eliot, George, 1819-1880
730
0
0
"This edition is limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is no. 377."
19th Century Novels
by Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828
722
0
0
Each vol. has added t.-p., engr
Cover title
Topic: Childs, Richard S. (Richard Spencer), b. 1882
19th Century Novels
by Allen, Grant, 1848-1899
715
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Coke, Henry J. (Henry John), 1827-1916
715
1
0
Topic: Somerset, Robert Carr, Earl of, d. 1645
19th Century Novels
by Boldrewood, Rolf, 1826-1915
709
0
0
Topics: Gold mines and mining, Australia -- Fiction
19th Century Novels
by Jenkins, Edward, 1838-1910
709
0
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
Topics: West Indian, Working class, Labor movement, Labor
19th Century Novels
by Muir, Alan, pseud
704
0
0
Ascribed to the Rev. Hayes Robinson.- Cf. Halkett and Lang
19th Century Novels
by Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
700
0
0
v. 1. Lay of the last minstrel -- v. 2. Marimon -- v. 3. The lady of the lake -- v. 4. Rokeby -- v. 5. The lord of the isles -- v. 6. Imitations of the ancient ballads. Ballads, translated, or imitated, from the German. The Norman horseshoe -- v. 7. Miscellaneous poems. Poems printed in Lockhart's biography. Lyrical pieces, mottoes, from the Waverly novels -- v. 8. The bridal of Triermain. Harold the dauntless. The field of Waterloo -- v. 9. Halidon Hill. Mac Duff's Cross -- v. 10. The doom of...
19th Century Novels
by Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873
694
0
0
v. 1. Green tea. The familiar. Mr. Justice Harbottle -- v. 2. The room in the Dragon Volant -- v. 3. The room in the Dragon Volant (conclusion). Carmilla
19th Century Novels
by Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848; Brontë, Anne, 1820-1849. Agnes Grey
694
0
0
First edition. Wise Brontë II, 1
19th Century Novels
by Barrett, Frank, 1848-
688
0
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
19th Century Novels
by Praed, Campbell, Mrs., 1851-1935
681
0
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
19th Century Novels
by Caine, Hall, Sir, 1853-1931
680
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Austen, Jane, 1775-1817; Ashburton, Alexander Baring, Baron, 1774-1848, former owner; Hohenzollern-Hechingen, Marie-Louise-Pauline, Fürstin von, 1782-1845, former owner
680
0
0
Provenance of 2nd copy: from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes. - Bookplate of Alexander Baring & stamp 'Melchet Court, Romsey', around A enclosed in a crown
19th Century Novels
by Eliot, George, 1819-1880
677
0
0
Michael Sadleir. XIX century fiction
Topics: Triangles (Interpersonal relations), Illegitimate children, Women clergy, Infanticide, Carpenters
19th Century Novels
by Horlock, Knightley William, 1802-1882
675
0
0
Topic: Fiction
19th Century Novels
by Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873
673
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Maturin, Charles Robert, 1780-1824
673
0
0
Topic: Immortalism
19th Century Novels
by Eliot, George, 1819-1880
660
0
0
Limited ed. of 500 numbered copies
19th Century Novels
by Reynolds, George W. M. (George William MacArthur), 1814-1879
660
0
0
Vols. 1-2, new edition
19th Century Novels
by Lamb, Caroline, Lady, 1785-1828
656
0
0
Each vol. has added t.-p., engr
19th Century Novels
by Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870; Browne, Hablot Knight, 1815-1882
655
0
0
Topics: Boys, Orphans, Young men, Child labor
19th Century Novels
by Buchanan, Robert Williams, 1841-1901
646
0
0
Topics: Herodotus, History, Ancient
19th Century Novels
by Reynolds, George W. M. (George William MacArthur), 1814-1879
643
0
0
Vols. 1-2, new edition
19th Century Novels
by Armitage, Robert, 1805?-1852
642
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
641
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Banks, G. Linnaeus (George Linnaeus), Mrs., 1821-1897
641
0
0
19th Century Novels
by Gerard, E. (Emily), 1849-1905; Gerard, Dorothea, 1855-1915, joint author
635
0
0
By Emily and Dorothea Gerard
In thirty-four volumes
19th Century Novels
by Croker, B. M. (Bithia Mary), d. 1920
629
0
0
Wolff, R.L. 19th cent. fiction
19th Century Novels
by Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731; Effen, Justus van, 1684-1735; Saint-Hyacinthe, Thémiseul de, 1684-1746
621
0
0
Translation of parts 1 and 2 only